Dubai Announces Two Week Lockdown To Stop The Spread of COVID-19

BY Laura Kell / Apr 5 2020 / 09:28 AM

The National Sterilisation Programme will continue for another fortnight, while all non-essential services are currently suspended

Dubai Announces Two Week Lockdown To Stop The Spread of COVID-19

While the UAE has been encouraging its residents and citizens to #staysafe #stayhome, Dubai has decided to increase its measures in combatting the spread of the novel coronavirus. Yesterday evening the emirate announced a new plan of action to the spread of the virus.

According to a statement made by the Dubai Media office the National Sterilisation Programme will now be extended by two weeks and will be in effect for twenty-four hours a day. Individuals are not allowed to leave their home, except for essential purposes or if they are working in specific vital sectors (which are exempt from the restrictions.)

Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open, and food and medicine deliveries will be allowed to operate as normal. Only one family member will be permitted to leave the house to shop for food and essential items; they must wear a mask and gloves at all time and adhere to proper social distancing protocols.

Extensive medical testing will be conducted within densely populated areas of Dubai densely populated areas of Dubai to ensure members of the community are free from COVID-19 infection.

Employees who work in vital sectors are exempted from restrictions and are permitted to leave their house at any time of the day to commute to work, although they will need to keep proof of identification and employment on their person at all times while outside the home.

Anyone who fails to comply with the new measures could be subject to severe consequences.

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